I have no doubt that some of you are feeling overwhelmed and under pressure at the thought of online learning. I would just like to reassure you that we are going to make it as easy for you as possible and that everything you do to support your child will be greatly appreciated by us and will reap rewards. This is not “home schooling” but rather distance learning provided by the teacher. It is not your job as a parent to have all the answers. All we want you to do is to facilitate as best you can an environment that enables your child to learn.
Although the school buildings are closed, education and learning are not. Many years ago, I taught in a school that had burned down. Lessons took place in porta cabins for over a year and what became obvious to us during that time was that it was the teachers and the curriculum and the actual delivery of the children’s education that was important, not the buildings they were temporarily housed in. Although this situation is different, it is comparable in many ways – it is your child’s class teacher that is important, it is their relationship and knowledge of your child’s learning that is key and this will continue albeit in a different format.
The teaching your child will receive over the next few weeks will follow the curriculum and the normal high standards of education that you expect from Glenesk. Our last educational inspection deemed us to be an outstanding school in all areas, one of those areas is “teaching and learning” and that standard has not changed. Your child will still receive the individualised learning that they are used to.
We know that nothing can replace actually being in school and being taught and cared for in person, but we hope that through our Online Teaching and Learning Programme our children will continue to love learning and be challenged. The prospect of learning at home may appear daunting and the coming weeks will undoubtedly contain many new challenges but by working together as a school community and communicating with each other, we will put in place the structure and routine to support our children both educationally and emotionally.